Exterior trim paint

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Old 10-19-13, 08:37 AM
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Exterior trim paint

Hi there, I'm looking for some advice on what to do about some peeling paint on the bottom of my exterior trim. I'm really a complete newbie when it comes to this kind of stuff, so any ideas are appreciated. I'm not looking for the best possible fix, but simply a way to make it look nicer. Thanks.
 
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Old 10-19-13, 09:07 AM
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Scrape all the loose paint, sand smooth (150 grit is fine, IMO), prime with an oil based primer and paint with a quality exterior latex paint.

The problem is the wood goes all the way to the ground, which allows it to soak up moisture. Long term solution is to replace it with something like pvc.
 
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Old 10-19-13, 09:20 AM
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Can you clear out any of the dirt from the bottom? If not, latex primer might be a better choice since it doesn't seal the wood as well as oil base primer does. Scraping, priming and a coat of paint will go a long ways towards making it look nicer ..... but as long as the wood can wick up moisture - it will be an ongoing issue
 
 

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